COAL TOWNSHIP - Riders are invited to the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) to help raise money for first responders in Coal Township, Shamokin and Zerbe Township.

Anthracite Trail Riders (ATR) have planned the benefit for Saturday, April 26, and encourage local riders to "get a preview of the AOAA." Cost is $20 each for drivers and passengers and $10 for those 12 and under.

It will be similar to rides ATR has held the past two years at the AOAA to benefit Geisinger's Children's Miracle Network. One change is that full-sized vehicles - Jeeps, pickup trucks and the like - will be permitted for this ride, in addition to ATVs, side-by-sides and motorcycles.

Proceeds will be divided equally and donated to the three municipalities. Municipal leaders can then decided how to distribute the money among their fire companies, emergency medical services and police units, organizers said.

Paying for emergency responders at the AOAA has been an area of concern among some municipal leaders.

Registration is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the trails close at 5 p.m. Helmets are required.

For information or directions, call 570-640-5735 or find ATR on Facebook.